Schramsberg Brut Reserve 2004
Vintage from North Coast, California
Alcohol By Volume: 12.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The 2004 Reserve is an expressive wine showing profound aromas of ripe cherry and Mandarin orange that evolve into warm honey and marzipan. Not to be outdone, the palate is rich with flavors of raspberry, spiced apples and candied ginger. Crisp on entry and velvety in texture, the wine lingers in the mouth with a long, balanced acidity.
"The opulence of this sparkling wine has to be tasted to be believed. It’s far softer and silkier than the winery’s companion new release, the 2005 J. Schram, but then the blend is the complete opposite. This one’s mainly Pinot Noir, with the balance from Chardonnay. The Pinot Noir brings a warm, raspberry- and cherry-sauce richness to Chardonnay’s limes and pears, while an extraordinarily delicious toastiness pervades the whole, as if it had been gently smoked. So enticing now, it’s hard to keep from drinking the whole bottle..."
"An opulent and rich style, with bold aromas of baked cinnamon and apple followed by complex, racy flavors of Asian pear, candied ginger and spice. Offers a long, lingering finish."
"On the verge of true grandeur yet a little on the angular, sharp side at the margins, this rather outgoing, almost powerful sparkling wine suffers no shortfall of personality, and there will be plenty of takers for its immensely toasty, developed, explosively bubbled approach. It charges into power from the first sip, and neither its mousse nor its complex, toast, soy, lemon rind flavors give any quarter from front to back. We are put in mind of Bollinger's Grande Année and comfortably recommend this wine as its American peer to any who like that French grand mark."
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Focused on Schramsberg's top Chardonnay barrel and tank lots, and aged for seven years prior to release, J. Schram is the winery's signature Brut sparkling wine. Jack and Jamie Davies revived the historic vineyards and cellars in 1965, with a mission to produce California's first world-class sparkling wines. Today, led by their son Hugh, Schramsberg's team continues with this commitment to quality and innovation. Schramsberg also produces the J. Schram Rose, Reserve, Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs, Brut Rose, Cremant Demi-Sec and J. Davies Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.
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Beyond Napa and Sonoma in the north you find a couple of other counties producing great wine. Among these are Mendocino and Lake County. The northernmost California winegrowing regions, these two counties are right above Napa and Sonoma, geographically. Yet, wine-wise they are very different - both from their southern neighbors and from each other.
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